Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Illinois House and Now Heads to the SenateSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Rep. Lou Lang says he is thankful on behalf of patients in the state for the Illinois House approval of a measure authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Lawmakers voted 61-57 Wednesday to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions. The Skokie Democrat is the sponsor of the legislation. He says the bill's regulations make it the strictest in the nation. He says those regulations were key to putting the bill "across the goal line." The legislation sets a 2.5 ounce limit per patient per purchase. The measure calls for 60 state-regulated dispensaries where patients could buy the drug.
The chief sponsor of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana says he's hopeful it will pass in the Illinois Senate after winning approval in the Illinois House.
Meanwhile, State Sen. Bill Haine said Wednesday that the bill is about "reasonableness." The Alton Democrat says the state shouldn't prosecute people who use marijuana to relieve themselves from pain. Haine hopes the bill will come up for a vote in the Senate before it recesses at the end of May.
The Senate approved a bill authorizing medical marijuana in 2009. But it failed in the House.
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